Japan’s Ryuichi Kiyonari makes a return to the British Superbike Championship this year with the same team he won all three of his British Superbike titles with, now named Samsung Honda and he is determined to
|King Kiyo is back for 2013
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show that he is not finished.
Kiyonari left the championship after an awful 2011 season in which he only just managed to break into the top 6 shoot out and only stood on the podium three times in the entire season, not even being close in other races. However, after a year back home in Japan and winning the Asian Road Race championship King Kiyo is back and ready to fight. Kiyo returns in a year in which current champion Shane Byrne could beat Kiyonari’s all time win record and if one of the two were to win the title, they would be the most successful BSB rider ever – both currently being tied with Niall Mackenzie on 3 titles. Although, with such a competitive field in BSB this year, it won’t be easy for either of them.
“I am looking forward to the first races of the season but I am also a bit nervous; I always get nervous before the start of a season! It is exciting for me to be back in the championship with Samsung Honda – testing has been good, but now all I want to do is race.” said Kiyonari.
“I have come back to get good results again for myself, the team and the British fans. I want to show that I am not finished, that I can be faster and can win again. There are many good riders in the championship like Shakey, Alex (Lowes) and Josh (Brookes) so it won’t be easy, but I will be trying very, very hard to win again.”